Most of the time, treatment for a mild case of heel pain is pretty straightforward. Give yourself a break for a few days—avoid strenuous activity, put your feet up, take a day or two off work if you have to. An ice pack, maybe an ibuprofen or two, and a good book (or a binge-worthy Netflix series) are just about all you need.
Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. Your heel pain may prove itself a chronic issue that drags on for weeks or months. The pain is enough to keep you off your feet as much as possible, slow you down at work and at home, keep you from doing the things you enjoy—and even with rest and medication you’re still not getting better. What’s going on? Will it ever end?
Whenever heel pain is severe enough to impede on your lifestyle for more than a day or two, being proactive and calling a podiatrist is always a smart call. The longer you put off medical attention, the worse your condition is likely to get. If you’ve already been struggling for months, don’t wait another day!
The physicians of the McDowell Podiatry Group combine decades of clinical experience with the latest technology and research to help you overcome heel pain—even chronic cases that just don’t seem to respond to self-management. If there’s a way to relieve your pain, we’ll find it.
The good news is that this can almost always be accomplished without resorting to surgery. Depending on the cause of your heel pain, a combination of conservative treatments like physical therapy, taping, strapping, use of braces or splints, or custom orthotics is often highly effective. For more serious injuries, we can offer advanced technologies like laser therapy. This state-of-the-art treatment is safe, non-invasive, FDA-approved, and highly effective. Just five or ten minutes with the laser at a time (over a handful of session spaced out over a few weeks or months) can produce dramatic pain relief and tissue healing, even when other treatments have been unsuccessful.
If heel pain is getting in the way of life, it’s time to do something about it! The Ripepi Foot and Ankle Clinics is here for you. Give us a call today at 440-843-3692, or complete our online contact form to book an appointment.